Hallo, Leute! So, sorry that I didn’t post yesterday! I ended up being a lot more busy than I was expecting and had to go to a lot of choir practices and classes along with studying up for finals! Hopefully, though, I will start posting regularly again! I’m trying to pre-write some posts just in case I get busy again but we’ll see how that goes!
Anyways, for today I thought that I’d talk about some of the reasons why I’ve fallen in love with certain musicals. Every musical has their unique points and I thought that I’d celebrate that today! I heard that it’s National Wear Different Colored Shoes Day today so I guess that that kinda fits, right? Anyways, los geht’s!
Okay, so… musicals are special because of the music, because of the songs. If a song has good music, I’m much more likely to enjoy than if I’m not into the music. Anything from great tunes to great lyrics can be enough to get me really excited about a musical. I remember falling in love with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, SUNSET BOULEVARD, and WICKED initially just through the songs. Well, to be honest, I fell in love with PHANTOM just through “Music of the Night” all on its own. So, music is a surefire way to get me falling in love with a musical.
As much as the music in a musical is really important to me, if the characters are characters that I can’t like or find boring, I’m less likely to revisit the musical and thus the musical is less likely to become one that I hold as meaningful. Personally—and I, as a writer, am always rather ashamed to admit this—I find character-oriented stories more appealing than plot-oriented ones. So, if characters are characters that I can like and connect to, I am more likely to stick with a musical. Musicals like ELISABETH, LES MISÉRABLES, SCHIKANEDER, and CATS are those musicals that I really fell in love with due to characters.
When it comes to most Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, the reason why I love them so much is found deep in the fact that they hold a lot of sentimental value with me. This is especially thec case with CINDERELLA. I remember it being my grandpa’s favorite musical and we’d used to always watch it together so I always make it a point to hold it close to my heart. Another musical with high sentimental value is STARLIGHT EXPRESS. If it weren’t for STARLIGHT EXPRESS, my parents might never have met, and I might never have been born. Chances are, if it weren’t for the fact that this story about how my parents met started with STARLIGHT EXPRESS, I might not love this musical so much. Another musical that falls under this category is OLIVER! as it was one of the first musicals I ever saw.
I love sets, costumes, and dance. In fact, these things are one of the reasons why I fell in love with musical theatre in the first place. Man, I love these things. Musicals that fall under this category for me are WICKED, SCHIKANEDER, PIPPIN, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, TANZ DER VAMPIRE, ELISABETH and CATS.
So, in a nutshell, those are some of the reasons I fall in love with musicals! What are the factors that really make you fall in love with a musical? Vielen Dank und tschüss!